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Freedom Festival

The celebration of freedom will come with Slovak premieres of successful foreign films, theatres, concerts, discussions or exhibitions

The Freedom Festival is a multi-genre international festival that commemorates and analyzes the period of non-freedom and oppression in Slovakia. It brings several interesting documentaries and features films, exhibitions, and theatre performances accompanied by discussions or valuations of personalities who participated in the fight with the totalitarianism.


The main theme of the festival will be the anniversary of the event on 17 November 1989, which led to the fall of the totalitarian communist regime, as well as the events of 1968: Prague Spring, the invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact troops.

The Nation’s Memory Institute is preparing documentary and feature films screenings for students and the public, a program for schools in the RTVS Slovak Radio building, including a discussion with monuments and historians, and theatre performances. The programme will also include Borders Closure Weekend as well as exhibitions on rescuers and survivors from the Holocaust, protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops and cultural opposition in the countries of the Communist Bloc.


Freedom is a gift and courage is precious. The organization of the festival is one of the forms and tools for building the living memory of the nation, which is one of the main tasks of the Institute of the Nation’s Memory Institute alongside its mission to document the period of freedom and crimes of fascism and communism.

All festival events are free to enter. The exception is the ceremonial opening of the festival on 3 November at 6 p.m., where the admission is limited to invitations.

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